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Lymm Festival and Winter Hill

Posted by on Jun 23rd, 2014 in Liz's blog | 1 comment

Lymm Festival and Winter Hill

Thanks to all who came to the Lymm gig at the Spread Eagle on Saturday night. We shared the evening with The Hometowners who had me in stitches for much of the evening: my cheeks are still aching. We stayed overnight with our friend Phil in Belmont and climbed Winter Hill on Sunday. A different atmosphere from the “stillness and the silence” of my song Winter Hill – partly because it was midday and a bit cloudy, and partly because of constant banter from Dave &...

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Woodman and Hoy at Anchor

Posted by on May 11th, 2014 in Liz's blog | 0 comments

Woodman and Hoy at Anchor

Thanks Woodman and Hoy at Anchor Folk Clubs for two lovely gigs last week. I played solo at the Woodman and with the band at the Hoy at...

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Tapestry….. knitting….

Posted by on Apr 21st, 2014 in Liz's blog | 1 comment

Two lovely gigs over the Bank Holiday weekend. First Lowestoft Folk Club then Hitchin on Easter Sunday. Thanks to all who came along. I was feeling particularly chipper since my album Friday Night Train Home was compared in a review (in Mardles) to Carole King’s Tapestry… I must admit that although this pleased me no end, I did find it a bit baffling until I realised that it was perhaps due to the fact that one of the tracks on my album is entitled “The Knitting Song”… tapestry,...

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A week in Kintyre, a new song and a great gig

Posted by on Feb 9th, 2014 in Liz's blog | 0 comments

A week in Kintyre, a new song and a great gig

Spent the week before last up in Kintyre on the West Coast of Scotland. I wanted to try to get back into writing some songs after a year spent focusing on recording, gigging and promotion… Stayed in a little cottage right on the shore. There were otters just outside my window and this seal watched me walk past as he lay on a rock! Managed to avoid frost bite by honing my fire-making skills in the wood burning stove. Came away with a new song called “Winter Hill” which is about an early morning walk in Lancashire. I seem to keep writing about places and the countryside… Then on Wednesday I travelled with Dave & Boo down to the Willows Folk Club in Arundel in Sussex. I’m glad to say the waters had receded sufficiently for fifty very enthusiastic people to turn out to listen. Thanks...

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Pink & Silver Sneakers at the Village Pump Trowbridge

Posted by on Jan 13th, 2014 in Liz's blog | 0 comments

Pink & Silver Sneakers at the Village Pump Trowbridge

Some great pictures taken at the Village Pump in Trowbridge last Friday.  Thanks to Roy Middleton for the pink & silver sneakers…. not sure what the Boy in the Raybans would think about this! (He’s the one in my song Letisha Boccemski who said “give us a smile: you’ve got too much emotion and not enough...

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Interview on Radio Kent 5th January 2014

Posted by on Jan 6th, 2014 in Liz's blog | 0 comments

Doug Welch interviewed me for BBC Radio Kent last night: I sang some songs from my new album and had a nice chat with Doug.  You can listen to it here:           BBC Radio Kent Interview - Liz Simcock...

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Whitstable Sessions

Posted by on Oct 26th, 2013 in Liz's blog | 0 comments

Whitstable Sessions

Played at the Whitstable Sessions Music Club last night, supporting Ian Matthews. What a great venue. Lovely room, great sound, appreciative audience….. all this and scallops and a walk on the beach...

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Folk Words review

Posted by on Oct 20th, 2013 in Liz's blog | 0 comments

Tim Carroll at Folk Words just reviewed my new album: Folk Words (October 17, 2013): ‘Friday Night Train Home’ from Liz Simcock – sheer simplicity and precise poise.   Sometimes an unnervingly pure piece of music reaches out to a part of you, equally there can be voices that touch you with their delivery, and then again, sometimes the poignancy of a particular lyric hits a similar spot. Well, I can tell you that ‘Friday Night Train Home’ from Liz Simcock scores high on all counts. The sheer simplicity and precise poise of this album takes you right to the heart of her songwriting – thoughtful and thought-provoking, forged with a cutting edge that can turn easily from humour, through pointed narrative to tear jerking echoes. Each song offers up a slice of life, some sad, some funny and all with a message that’s redolent of reality that’s lived by us all, and delivered by a voice that brings them alive.   Sometimes an unnervingly pure piece of music reaches out to a part of you, equally there can be voices that touch you with their delivery, and then again, sometimes the poignancy of a particular lyric hits a similar spot. Well, I can tell you that ‘Friday Night Train Home’ from Liz Simcock scores high on all counts. The sheer simplicity and precise poise of this album takes you right to the heart of her songwriting – thoughtful and thought-provoking, forged with a cutting edge that can turn easily from humour, through pointed narrative to tear jerking echoes. Each song offers up a slice of life, some sad, some funny and all with a message that’s redolent of reality that’s lived by us all, and delivered by a voice that brings them alive. The sympathetic contemplation of this album echoes through story-songs like the title track ‘Friday Night Train Home’, the resilience and longing for else within the enchanting melody of ‘City Girl’ and ‘Long Haul’ with its examination of things we say and living with other people. Liz’s keen skill for creating a fine narrative is evident through the real-life expression of ‘Harry’s Eyes’, the frantic searching for a lost instrument in ‘The Bouzouki And The W3’ and the no-nonsense reassurance for all knitting freaks in ‘The Knitting Song’. There’s the essential truth of ‘By The Way’ that puts into perspective the way we sometimes ache for another person and then there’s ‘Stepping Back in Time’ with that sometimes deliciously painful, sometimes irrevocably lost ‘remembrance-of-past-days’ musing that we all indulge in from time to time. These are songs that might raise a wry smile or prompt a wave of sadness, whichever it is you’ll love ‘Friday Night Train Home’. To find your own copy this is the place to go: www.lizsimcock.com Alongside Liz (vocals, guitar, bouzouki) on ‘Friday Night Train Home’ are her regular collaborators Dave Ellis (guitar, mandolin, banjo, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals) and Boo Howard (bass, guitar, backing vocals) and guesting on ‘Harry’s Eyes’ is Harry Bogdanovs (piano). Reviewer: Tim...

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Behind The Scenes Video

Posted by on Oct 12th, 2013 in Liz's blog | 0 comments

I’ve just added a new video to my YouTube Channel.  In the summer I hired London Music Video Productions to shoot two promotional videos for my new album “Friday Night Train Home” – you can see them on the video page.    Boo’s husband Paul Howard brought his own video camera along and made this great little film “Behind the Scenes: Liz Simcock on location with the London Music Video Productions”.   Ah the glamour of show-business: might give you a...

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Album available by download

Posted by on Oct 9th, 2013 in Liz's blog | 0 comments

Album available by download

For those who prefer virtual music, my new album Friday Night Train Home is now available by download from Amazon and...

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